That was quick.
While many the film fan was waking up to a hangover or second thoughts about spending the night with Ricky Gervais, producers Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca, and Dana Brunetti were working it. Their logic must have gone something like this: Nothing succeeds like success. Ben Mezrich’s The Accidental Billionaires provided just the source material the preternaturally gifted playwright and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin needed to write the perfect screenplay for the equally gifted director David Fincher to have turned into “The Social Network.” Hollywood alchemy and — Golden Globe in hand — the hardware to prove it. And the money, of course. Not Mark Zuckerberg money, maybe. But, major box office nonetheless. Possibly even enough to get in on the rumored Facebook IPO.
Logic: Let’s do that again. Only, differently.
The three über-producers turned to Mezrich’s forthcoming book Sex on the Moon and struck a deal with Sony Pictures to work together on the true story of a NASA employee in love. Here’s the official book description:
Thad Roberts, a fellow in a prestigious NASA program had an idea—a romantic, albeit crazy, idea. He wanted to give his girlfriend the moon. Literally.
Thad convinced his girlfriend and another female accomplice, both NASA interns, to break into an impregnable laboratory at NASA’s headquarters—past security checkpoints, an electronically locked door with cipher security codes, and camera-lined hallways—and help him steal the most precious objects in the world: the moon rocks.
But what does one do with an item so valuable that it’s illegal even to own? And was Thad Roberts—undeniably gifted, picked for one of the most competitive scientific posts imaginable, a possible astronaut—really what he seemed?
Mezrich has pored over thousands of pages of court records, FBI transcripts, and NASA documents and has interviewed most of the participants in the crime to reconstruct this Ocean’s Eleven–style heist, a madcap story of genius, love, and duplicity that reads like a Hollywood thrill ride.
Mezrich is establishing go-to status, having also penned the book Rigged, from which the film “21” was adapted. Will be interesting to see where he goes with his next book.
Nothing succeeds like success. And this is a successful bunch. The more we read about Moon, the more we think the necessary elements are there. A story of “genius, love, and duplicity” — will there be life to it? We’ll bet yes.